Winter is coming, which means lots of good stuff: holidays, snow sports, and an excuse to put your dog in booties. For some people, unfortunately, winter can also mean the start of seasonal sadness. All of a sudden, it’s cold and dark out, and the weather starts influencing your mood.
If you’re looking to fight off seasonal affective disorder, or you simply want to warm up the cold nights with something cute, never fear: puppies are here! Let these roly-poly, stumbly-wumbly, absolutely adorable pups inspire you with tips to get through the darkest season. Photos and videos are a pretty good substitute if you can’t, you know, run a doggy daycare at your house. (Did somebody say dream job?)
Lean on Your Friends
Cold can make anybody cranky, but winter is warmer with companionship, so stand by your friends (even when they’re driving you a little crazy).
Close Your Eyes and Think of Grass
One word: Visualization. When winter wah’s get you down, just picture yourself running through a lush, green field. Spring will be here before you know it!
Push Sadness Aside
Take a cue from this adorable fluffball and tell your depression to scram. It may sound easier said than done, but focusing on the positive can help drown out the negative.
Turn to Technology
When the world outside is too dark and cold, nothing beats curling up on the couch for some media therapy. Load up your favorite apps (or a book about summertime) and get to hunkering!
Get some exercise
Any puppy will tell you: romping just feels good! Aerobic exercise helps lift your mood, so get out there and run all over winter.
Cuddle Up for Warmth
It’s awfully hard to be sad when you’re smothered in love (and sometimes slobber).
Shake It Off and Explore
This puppy gets it. Snow is cold, wet, and a little bit scary. But guess what: the sooner you shake it off, the sooner you’ll learn just how great the cold, wet, scary stuff can be!
When All Else Fails…Hide
Hey, puppies don’t judge. If you just can’t face it, give yourself a break. It’s okay to hole up for a while as long as you come out eventually.
One of the best things about dogs is how they lift our mood, no matter the season. With the help of these blues-busting puppies, and your own dog at home, you’re ready to take winter by storm.